If you are traveling to Croatia on a budget it will be useful to know how to save money on your Croatian holiday and how to cut on the unnecessary costs.
Croatia is not as cheap as it was ten years ago. However Croatia still offers good value for the money in comparison with destinations like Italy, Spain or Greece.
This is valid particularly if you avoid two months of high season (July and August) when the prices go up.Two top Croatia destinations, Hvar and Dubrovnik are the most expensive while Split shows up as a destination with more moderate prices. To know more just follow Pero’s budget tips!
You can save money on your Croatian vacation by following these simple tips:
Croatia on a budget - Stick to the lesser-known destinations
Keep away from staying in the most expensive destinations. Dubrovnik and Zagreb are the most expensive cities while Hvar is the most expensive island. The villages around Dubrovnik are cheaper than Dubrovnik and Jelsa or Stari Grad are cheaper than Hvar Town.
Try to be different! Visiting the less-touristic regions can save you a lot of money, without loosing anything.For example, stay in Trogir, just few miles from Split Airport, accommodation is cheaper and for couple of dollars, you can reach Split old town, when ever you want.
Save on flights by flying into a cheap gateway city
Rather than flying directly to Zagreb, Split or Dubrovnik, you may get a better deal on a flight to Bratislava, Milan, Prague and London or Vienna. From there, you may be able to get a cheap flight to the coast. See more on cheap flights to Split Croatia.
Stay in private accommodation
Croatians have been practicing rooms and apartments renting for decades and the selection is remarkable. You’ll have more space than in a hotel room making it an unbeatable choice for families and young travelers.
I can assure you that in spite, Split tourism has been growing in the last few years and is almost no news that number of visitors is doubling year after year, but at the same time the cost of private accommodation is lower and two thirds of the apartments are empty even at the beginning of July.
Renting a two-bedroom apartment is much cheaper that renting two hotel rooms. Having a kitchen can save you money if you sincerely feel you’ll be using it. Groceries are the same price as anywhere else in Europe but restaurants are relatively inexpensive. See below more on private accommodation in Split:
Make plans for four-night stays
It’s not a secret that the longer you stay, the price for apartments or room renting will be lower. This particularly will be a case if you are renting your accommodation units treating directly with owner. Many owners oblige a 30% supplement on short stays. Staying longer (not less than four nights) you can always ask for discounts (not less than 20 %).
Take public transport
In case you are heading to Split central Dalmatia islands, use ferries to reach them. They are cheap (don’t use a car), very frequent and rather fast. And to get to more distant destinations like Vis island, Dubrovnik or Makarska, you’ll have even more options using catamaran (fast only passenger boats).
Travel off season
Even if you travel to Split in the winter, you can get great deals on spas and wellness centers. In winter period Split boasts of many interesting events starting from Christmas and New Year celebrations to Carnival feast.
Croatia Currency Budget Tips
Croatia has become EU member since 2013 but it still officially use the local currency ‘Kuna’ and not ‘Euro’. You can bring Euros when you travel to Croatia but when changing in Kuna you have to pay the currency exchange fee.
Locals do not willingly accept Euro or any other foreign currency. Keep in mind that not all apartment owners or restaurants accept Euros (especially those in smaller places), so you may end up paying an additional 10-15%.
How to overcome this problem? One way is to pre-order your Croatian ‘Kuna’ currency online before you come. I recommend to try Travelex for the best rates and no commission. Order your Croatian kuna online with them and pick them up before you depart or they’ll send them to your home.
The other way is to have your credit cards with you! Visa and Mastercard are always accepted, but you may find that not all places accept American Express. Even it’s wise to have Croatian Kunas with you. You can use ATM cash machines to withdraw money from your accounts.
Trust in Split hostels
Split is young, trendy, pulsating and dynamic city. Recently many students and young people have become Split visitors. This is a reason I recommend to opt for hostel accommodation sometimes called youth hostels.
Lately hostels in Split are springing up all over the city. You can find them in each part of the city, from old city palace area to Marjan hill or nearby Split beaches. Split is a friendly backpacker travelers city.
If you decide to stay in one of Split hotels, it would not be a bad idea to choose hotels that offer half-board. Using half-board may well be cheaper than the local restaurants.